There is huge satisfaction to be had from the undertaking and completion of case studies. Are you sure, you might ask, but I assure you it is true.

Think for a moment about what a case study is. A case study is a time to show how much you have learnt, how far you have come and that you have the skills and abilities to be a therapist.

The whole process is designed to give you confidence, confidence in yourself and your ability to help people achieve their goals. Whether you are helping someone with weight loss, a phobia, confidence or self-esteem, the process is the same.

You start by utilising the counselling skills you have learned to help uncover the issues and history, using your initial consultation form to record everything. All of the detail gained during this time will provide you with the information you need to complete both the abstract and introduction and initial consultation sections of your case study.

Moving on, as next is the diagnosis. Diagnosing the problem or indeed problems, then it’s time to decide on your treatment plan – what you plan on doing and how you plan on doing it. Next are the all important therapy sessions themselves, a session by session journey towards helping your client achieve their goal. Then it is time to reflect, firstly by assessing the end of treatment and results, has your client achieved their goal, are they on the way to achieving it, or has it perhaps not gone according to plan.

Further reflection is called for next, this time focusing on what you did well, what you could perhaps have done differently, or improve upon in future. Finally, the conclusion, this is time to look back over the whole case study and sum up everything that has happened.

Being able to look back and see how much you have helped someone by acting safely, professionally and ethically is quite an amazing thing.

 

Karen Ferguson

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